Following accusations from former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates that Vice President Joe Biden undermined the military leadership and was “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four years,” Biden will be meeting with President Obama no less than five times on Wednesday. The effort is likely an attempt to emphasize Biden’s importance to the White House.
Here is the daily guidance and press schedule released by the White House for Wednesday:
In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
Later in the morning, the President and the Vice President will meet with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board in the Situation Room. This meeting is closed press.
In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. There will be a stills only pool spray of the lunch.
Afterward, the President and the Vice President will meet with leaders of the intelligence community in the Situation Room. This meeting is closed press.
Later in the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
Rushing to Biden’s defense, the White House called the Vice President “one of the leading statesmen of his time” and said that he “relies on his good counsel every day.” As mentioned in the schedule, pool photographers will be allowed into the Obama/Biden weekly lunch for a photo-op.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.